craft to relax

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

A Couple of Ways to Help with Stress

Diverting your focus from your anxieties. If your mind is filled with racing thoughts and seemingly endless worries, doing something that you can immerse yourself in entirely can be extremely relaxing and stress-relieving. Trying your hand at a new craft project, or one that you are working towards perfecting, takes undivided attention to execute properly. If your mind is busy deciphering the task at hand, it will not have a chance to burden you with worried thoughts.

Strengthening your confidence in your own abilities. At times, we all feel insecure with ourselves and wonder if we will be able to succeed in facing the challenges set out for us and achieving our goals. This feeling can be very discouraging, and we all need a reminder every now and then that we are talented and capable of completing what we set out to complete.

On a small scale, executing each step in a chosen craft, and seeing the finished product, can provide a sense of validation, one that is reinforced every time you look proudly at the craft you have created. This sense of pride and triumph can boost your confidence and motivate you to face the bigger challenges head-on.  All in all?  Have fun! Play some music while you’re at it!

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

Wine Charmed June 29, 6-9pm Vintage Vino and Espresso in Maple Valley next to Fred Meyer. Come enjoy a glass of wine and create your own papercrafted wine charms. These wine charms are a perfect gift for any party! Cost is $40 which covers one glass of wine and all supplies for the charms. Ages 12 and older are welcome to register. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

COVINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION CLASSES:

New to 2018! I’m offering a summer paper engineering camp. The camp is June 26-28 for elementary-aged children. Registration is required and through the Covington Parks and Recreation Department and here’s a link to their website: http://www.covingtonwa.gov/recreation/index.php

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Everlasting Spring Bouquet June 22, 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Learn how to create an everlasting paper bouquet using simple origami folds. You’ll leave with at least 3 beautiful flowers and the knowledge of how to create many more at home. Please bring your favorite light-weight card stock or origami paper. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilling Meets Punches and Cuts Cards June 24, 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). In this class we’ll give quilling a punch. This is the perfect class for trying quilling for the first time or if you want to mass produce quilled cards. You’ll make 8-10 of spring cards. Please bring detail scissors, roller tape, a bag of paper scraps you don’t know what do with (optional). Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling Meets Punches and Cuts Cards June 30, 10am-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. In this class we’ll give quilling a punch. This is the perfect class for trying quilling for the first time or if you want to mass produce quilled cards. You’ll make 8-10 of spring cards. Please bring detail scissors, roller tape, a bag of paper scraps you don’t know what do with (optional). Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Keep checking my website for all my July classes coming up!

Cheers, Emily

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 it’s officially farmer’s market season!

Hi Everyone!  This Saturday I will be at the Kent Farmer’s Market from 9-2.  Then, on Sunday at the Ballard Market from 10-3.

I am pretty excited for the Market season to open so I can get out there and meet more of you and share about what everyone is working on.

Stop by my booths this weekend and say, “hello,” I look forward to seeing you!  Looking for a Father’s Day or graduation present?  I may have just what you are looking for! I also have some new summer designed cards that are really fun.  Come check them out!

Directions to the markets are under my “about” tab and under “shows.”

P.S. I will be sending out a  quarterly newsletter so stay tuned and check your inbox tomorrow!

Early 2016 Events

It’s been a busy first two months of 2016. First, I had my son, Miles, in January. In between caring for him and his older sister, I’ve been working on two academic journal articles that just appeared (if you’re interested, here’s a link: https://journals.uncc.edu/dialog/issue/current). In between all of that, I’ve got several requests for new quilling and papercrafting classes at the local library branches in King County. If you live in King County and want to see all of my upcoming class, visit my facebook page (Emily’s Papercrafts or Emily Mallory). Also, I’ve been getting several amazing custom orders that have been filling up my spare moments. However, I’m still hoping to have “zoo” animals on my Etsy store (EmilysPapercrafts4u) by the end of the week.

Crocodiles

The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on building an extensive paper zoo. One of the most recent zoo acquisitions has been crocodiles. I like making crocodiles because as I work on them, I’m reminded of one of my favorite children’s books by B. Waber. He wrote several wonderful books about Lyle the Crocodile. If you want a crocodile for yourself, they’ll be available at my art show on April 9, 2016 or in person at the opening Farmers’ Market in Issaquah, WA. If you want one sooner, email me and we’ll get you set up with your own crocodile.